Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Giraffe death/skeleton building

August 25, 2007

Right before we left for our trip to Chobe a young giraffe had a compound leg fracture and they were just going to go and see if it would be possible to operate, or if they would have to euthanize. Well they wound up having to euthanize, so Janna (the vet student volunteer) did a autopsy on it and then we all dissected the rest of it, we had to cut everything up into smaller pieces and boil the rest of the tissue off the bones so that we could build the skeleton and it can be used in the education center! What an experience that was. It was really cool looking at the anatomy of the giraffe, but because there was only one small pot to boil the bones we had to put the rest of the bones in trees so the hyenas wouldn’t take them. We got to work on building the skeleton which turned out to be a huge job.